Beavers fall to Golden Bears in NSIC opener
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Beavers fall to Golden Bears in NSIC opener
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State softball team fell 2-0 and 10-0 in six innings in its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener to Concordia University, St. Paul at the BSU Softball Field Wednesday. Freshman lead-off batter Kaitlin Hill (IF, Dayton, Minn.) had three of BSU’s six hits.

The first game was a pitching duel between BSU’s Courtney Anderson (So., RHP, Virginia, Minn.) and CU’s Stephanie Schmikla. The Golden Bears scored their first run of the game in the first inning. CU lead-off batter Anna Bjorlin reached the base path on an error to right field, moving around to second. With two outs she was driven home on a single by Abby Brundidge. Zeros went up on the board until the fifth inning with the road team was able to string a couple hits together with two outs and score its second and final run of the game. The Beavers threatened in the bottom of the six, loading the bases with two away. Unfortunately for BSU, Schmikla was able to strikeout the final batter of the inning and enter the seventh unscathed. The Beavers finished the contest leaving seventh runners stranded.

Anderson threw all seven innings, scattering six hits, allowing one earned run, while fanning seven batters with zero free passes. Schmikla threw a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out four, while walking four. Hill was the only batter for either squad to post a multi-hit game, as she went 2-for-4.

Errors haunted BSU in the second game, keeping innings alive for an offensively sound Golden Bear line-up. CU scored three in the second and two in the third to take a 5-0 lead, then five more between the fifth and sixth innings to take the 10-0 advantage. Only six of the CU runs were earned. The Beavers never found a rhythm at the plate in the second game, mustering just two hits.

Hill had one of the BSU hits, while Kayla Babinski (Fr., IF, Devils Lake, N.D.) got the other in a pinch-hitting role. Freshman lefty Kelsey Saralampi (Esko, Minn.) started for BSU, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing nine runs, six earned, on nine hits. Anderson finished the contest getting the final two outs, allowing two hits and one unearned run. BSU finished the two games with seven errors, allowing CU to score five unearned runs.     

The Beavers battle St. Cloud State in a conference doubleheader at 12 p.m. tomorrow at the BSU Softball Field.